Updated by Nancy Messieh on March 14, 2017.
The Japanese-inspired Escape the Room (EtR) games are among the most elaborate, time-consuming, and challenging games you can find online. They combine puzzles and riddles with the detective work of looking for hidden objects and clues. Some are elaborate with plots and stories, while others are as simple as breaking out of a sealed telephone booth.
While some of the classics like the Mystery of Time and Space are no longer available, we’ve gathered some of the best Escape the Room games out there. These are the ideal ones to start with if you’re new to the genre.
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The series of 13 will definitely keep you on your toes. You won’t find yourself trapped in just one room, but rather in a labyrinth of rooms that you have to navigate. escape games
In these games, you’ll find yourself trying to escape an underground labyrinth, an abandoned lighthouse, and a padded white cell, among other places. In Submachine 4, you actually start out on the roof of an old house and begin the game by trying to find your way indoors.
The Submachine games are incredibly intuitive. You’ll know what levers to pull, what items to pick up, and which buttons to push. Submachine is one of those games that’s challenging enough to keep you engaged, but not so difficult that you want to just give up.
Following what appears to have been a night of heavy drinking, you wake up trapped in a room. You’ll have to look for clues to eventually get the bedroom door open. Since this was originally a Japanese game, you might find some language quirks in the game, but they certainly don’t get in the way of gameplay.
3. Neutral Escape Games
Neutral has a great series of seven traditional EtR games. They also offer four Christmas-themed escape games and two mini escape games. These challenges range in difficulty from level 1 (easiest) to level 4 (hardest.)
With Neutral’s Escape Games, you can save your game and come back to it later, so you can still attempt to lead a semi-normal life while trying to crack these puzzles.
4. The Doors
The Doors is another labyrinth of an escape game, with rooms and doors that seem to go on forever. The game can become a confusing whirlwind of going back and forth trying to figure out which door led where. Unlike other Escape the Room games on this list, there isn’t much of a storyline. All that matters is investigating every nook and cranny of the rooms.
5. Ant Hill Trap
Ant Hill Trap takes a much more whimsical approach to the EtR genre. The graphics and storyline are extremely child-friendly, but that doesn’t mean adults won’t get a kick out of it as well.
Not only are the graphics cartoony, but a lot of the puzzles are image-driven and will appeal to kids. If you want to introduce your children to escape rooms, this is the place to start.
6. Afro-Ninja Escape Series
Afro-Ninja has a series of seven minigames that are challenging, but less elaborate than the others on this list. This makes them ideal if you’re looking for a quick fix to quell your Escape the Room addiction.
In Series 1, you have to make your way out of a locked car. Series 2 finds you locked in a closet. In Series 3, you’re stuck in a phone booth — it doesn’t get much tighter than that! You’re trapped in the bathroom in Series 4. Series 5 has you stuck in a freezer, with a new added twist not often found in EtR Games — you’re racing against the clock to avoid dying of hypothermia. Series 6 takes you to a shack, and finally, Series 7 puts you in a locked office.
7. Murder Escape
In Murder Escape, you’re stuck in a room with a disconcerting pool of blood seeping in from under the door. It’s up to you to find the clues to get out.
The game definitely has its quirks. It’s impossible to put items down unless you pick up another item, and sometimes you’ll find yourself endlessly clicking on the screen just to get back to the view you left. However, the tense mystery still makes this one worth playing.
8-9. Escape the Prison & Escape the Office
If you’re brand new to escape room games, Escape the Prison is a great place to start. The game is a great example of how your powers of observation are put to the test. As the name indicates, you’re in a prison cell, trying to get out. You only have to open up two doors to complete the game, and if you have a keen eye, you’ll fly right through it.
If you get through Escape the Prison too quickly, you can always give Escape the Office a try, which is from the same developer.
10. Baby Yaga
Another game with great graphics is Baba Yaga. It’s a lot like a fairy tale as you find yourself trapped in a witch’s treehouse. The witch makes a few silhouette appearances as you play the game when she flies around on her broom menacingly.
Production value on this game is definitely among the highest on this list, and it’s a refreshing change from some of the more stark and foreboding games that are typical of the genre. And of course, magic spells play a role in getting you out of this one.
Will You Escape?
Escape the Room games put your detective skills to the test. They’re incredibly rewarding, so give some of these a try next time you feel like solving challenging mysteries.
If you find any of these games too tough, you can always look up walkthroughs. The best place for them is Jayisgames. Just search for the game title you’re having trouble with, and you’re likely to find its guide. The walkthroughs on this site are great because you can reveal spoilers step-by-step. Thus, if you’re stuck at a specific spot in the game, you won’t have to reveal what comes next.
What are your favorite Escape the Room games? Let us know in the comments.
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